Safe drivers aren’t just something we want; in our industry it’s necessary. Without them, many companies would go out of business and the rest of us would probably have less “stuff,” to put it simply. As the weather across the nation turns colder and more slippery, we find it important to remind our contractors of safe driving practices.
So what are the makings of a safe driver? Well it depends on who you ask – the insurance company will say someone with no accidents, your grandparents might say someone who doesn’t speed, and some may just say men. However, for us, we believe a lot of it lies in the Smith System which is made up of the following 5 steps:
- Aim High
- The Big Picture
- Keep Your Eyes Moving
- Leave Yourself an Out
- Make Sure They See You
Let’s break down what each of these means.
Aim High – this refers to steering and focusing your attention on the road as a whole and not just what’s right in front of you. This will help avoid rear-end accidents while alerting traffic behind you to slow down.
The Big Picture – Pay attention to how other drivers are driving & have an awareness of your surroundings…always!
Keep Your Eyes Moving – Fatigue on the road is nothing new & while a good rest can never be replaced, one thing that can help is to move your eyes consistently, although not repetitively as that can worsen fatigue.
Leave Yourself an Out – Don’t get in a position on the road that you can’t get out of.
Make Sure They See You – Stay out of drivers’ blind spots and make sure other drivers know your intentions.
Keep yourself and your fellow drivers on the road safe – know your limits and when you reach them and pull off the highway. Do you use the Smith System? What other tactics do you use to stay safe?
The weather may be getting cooler, but things here are just starting to heat up as we head into busy season! For October, we want you all to meet & say hello to Randy Schmucker. Randy is a part of our Middlebury North location hauling houses. He has been with Star Fleet for 1 1/2 years, but has been transporting since 2012.
One of the funniest things he’s seen driving is when another driver was attempting to play a prank on him and then was pulled over by the police because of it. Talk about karma!
Randy is from Warsaw, IN, just a short jump away from Middlebury and what you may be surprised to find out about him is that he is a certified EMT, certified landscaper, brick layer, member of the American Red Cross, and a manager of a shelter through ARC. He also worked at the 2010 winter Olympics; now that’s a jack of all trades!
However when Randy isn’t working hard, he loves to ski in Colorado. It’s his favorite state because, “The mountains are amazing and gives a good view while I ski.”
We’re so glad to have Randy on our team that he chooses to #DriveForStarFleet.